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16 News Now Investigates: Senior Scams


(WNDU) – 16 News Now Investigates how online scammers could be targeting you or your loved ones.

You may think a scam could never happen to you, your parents, or even your grandparents, but those who take advantage of people online are coming up with new ways to find victims.

The Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana says scammers often target senior citizens who are just trying to keep in touch with friends and family using social media.

“When you have the wrong person giving you that attention, they’re really only there to bilk the senior out of their money they worked so hard for over their life,” explains Nichole Thomas, the agency’s director of communications.

One of the most common ways scammers prey on seniors is through the promise of a relationship, aiming to exploit loneliness for profit. Experts say these scammers are good at what they do. The BBB warns they often wait a month or two after a relationship is established before asking…

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